Kid Cudi debuts in visually stunning “Entergalactic”


Scott Mescudi, better known as “Kid Cudi,” stars in “Entergalactic.”

“Entergalactic” is a sight to behold. Blending new age animation into a musically and conceptually interesting 90-minute special, I really felt like I was taking in the whole experience, like the main character Jabari biking through the streets of New York City.

Following his recent performance in 2021’s “Don’t Look Up,” Scott Mescudi, most well known by his stage name Kid Cudi, has put out his debut project, “Entergalactic.” Wearing its unique “Into the Spiderverse” animation style proudly, the movie is a beautiful and engaging experience. It does fall short in a few areas, most notably some consistent writing flaws, but remains an enjoyable watch.

The movie follows Jabari (Scott Mescudi), a newly signed comic book artist. He begins the movie by reconnecting with his ex Carmen (Laura Harrier), but things start to get interesting when he meets his artistically gifted new neighbor Meadow (Jessica Williams).

One of the weirder things about the project is its length and classification. Though advertised as a series, “Entergalactic” is a 90-minute Netflix Special that is obviously setting up for Mescudi’s future endeavors. For example, characters such as Downtown Pat (Macaulay Culkin) briefly appear late into the special, making further development for them seem like the plot of a future episode. This gives the special a pilot-episode feeling: more of a test run than a full experience.

If there’s one thing that is consistent, it’s the impressive visuals. It’s almost a copy and paste of the slow-frame rate CGI art style popularized by “Into the Spiderverse.” Mescudi and the animators take it up another level, not just infusing comic book influence, but also creating a more psychedelic aura that is prominent during the more music video-oriented sections of “Entergalactic.”

Though the slow frame rate can sometimes make the characters feel stilted, more often than not it brings fresh and expressive aspects to scenes. Even two characters talking can seem exciting with small visual flairs and “Looney Tunes”-esque character reactions.

Concerning the plot, “Entergalactic” is enjoyable but nothing too captivating. It’s a run of the mill, but still fun, love story. My only complaint is Mescudi’s complete inability to write women who don’t fall head over heels for the main character he plays, Jabari.

Playing Jabari’s close friends, the performances from Ty Dolla Sign and Timothee Chalamet are fine but not too memorable. Jessica Williams as Meadow does the best job of anyone in the special through her impressive line delivery. The side characters in general do a good job, but lack depth.

The plot has a pretty slow pace overall, which further confirms that Mescudi did not intend for this to be a 90-minute special. The boring and occasionally cliche relationships between these characters definitely seems better suited for an episodic format.

“Entergalactic’s” soundtrack is a bit of a letdown. A few segments of the special are basically short music videos to compliment the songs, the best of which being the party and club hopping antics for “Do What I Want,” a more trap influenced single released before the film and album release. The music is passable but doesn’t come close to something like Kendrick Lamar’s “Black Panther” album, which stood out on its own and enhanced its accompanying film.

If successful and turned into a full series, “Entergalactic’s” beautiful world and relatable characters might really shine. For a debut work, it’s impressive, and the fact that Mescudi is retiring from his music career to focus on more projects like this could mean even better and more experimental work in the future.